72 episodes

Do you ever have a blank moment? Each week Giles and Jim talked to well known people about those difficult times in life. From public failure to impostor syndrome, grief, social anxiety and fear this insightful and gentle long form interview podcast tries to shine a light on all these issues and more, that often lead us to go blank.

Blank Podcast with Giles Paley-Phillips & Jim Daly Blank Podcast

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9, 662 Ratings

Do you ever have a blank moment? Each week Giles and Jim talked to well known people about those difficult times in life. From public failure to impostor syndrome, grief, social anxiety and fear this insightful and gentle long form interview podcast tries to shine a light on all these issues and more, that often lead us to go blank.

    Blake Harrison

    Blake Harrison

    Blake Harrison is a British actor, writer and director, best known for his portrayal of Neil in Channel 4 comedy series The Inbetweeners, Blake has also been in Films such as Dad's Army, BBC hit drama A Very English Scandal and has also written with his wife Kerry Keenan Lynch and directed an award short film Hooves of Clay.


    We spoke to Blake about his early life in Peckham before he went to creative arts school BRIT and how he felt more at home there among peers who were into the same things.


    Blake tells us about his time just after filming the first series of The Inbetweeners, where he had to get a job performing at Madame Tussaud's. We discuss the perils of social media and how we sometimes envy the work others are doing and Blake tells us who are the nicest people to work with behind the scenes.
     
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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Carrie Hope Fletcher

    Carrie Hope Fletcher

    Carrie Hope Fletcher is an English singer, songwriter, actress, author and YouTube sensation. Carrie Started her musical theatre career at the age of 7 appearing on the West End in Les Miserables. She has appeared in many productions since including, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins and in recent years Heathers. She is also a bestselling author and has 652,000 Subscribers on her Youtube channel.


    We caught up with Carrie during lockdown and started our conversation by discussing the merits of distressed jeans. Carrie told us about her early years in musical theatre and the support she was shown from her parents.


    We talked about the perils of social media and how the trolling element is starting to spill into real life, where Carrie has received harsh comments at the stage door, which have led to a difficult time for her.
     
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Natalie Anderson

    Natalie Anderson

    Natalie Anderson is an English actress, singer and model. She is best known for her roles as Alicia Metcalfe in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 2010 to 2015 and Stella Davenport inThe Royal from 2005 to 2008. She also played the role of Nessarose in the West End production Wicked from May 2009 to March 2010. 


    She talks to Giles and Jim over Zoom (because that's how we all communicate these days) about her acting journey including Emmerdale and The Royal as well as how nerves became a part of her life later in her career rather than earlier.


    She also, very patiently, puts up with Jim having terrible connection issues with his wifi. 
     
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Louisa Connolly-Burnham

    Louisa Connolly-Burnham

    Louisa Connolly-Burnham is an actor who is best known for her performances as Shannon Kelly in Bafta-nominated Wolfblood, Willow Jenks in Bafta-nominated House of Anubis and Avril Fox in Bafta-nominated Call The Midwife.
    She has also appeared in the multi-award winning short film Beneath Water for which she was nominated for Best Actress at the Queens World Film Festival , ITV's Midsomer Murders, Sky1's Little Crackers, BBC's Holby City, Doctors and Outbumbered.
    She spoke to Giles and Jim about traumatic auditions, transitioning into writing and surviving the lockdown.
     
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Professor David Wilson

    Professor David Wilson

    Professor David Wilson is a former prison governor, known for his work as a criminologist specialising in serial killers through his work with various British police forces, academic publications, books, and media appearances. 


    He is professor of criminology at Birmingham City University has published widely on the criminal justice system generally and prisons specifically, and was the Editor of the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice (2000–2015), and is the author of more than 15 books.


    Prof David spoke to Giles and Jim over Zoom about some of the darker aspects of his job and how to spot a psychopath (thankfully none of this podcast we can confirm!)


    He also talks about his love of rugby and pinpoints the exact moment he decided to pursue a life in criminology. 
     
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    John Sweeney

    John Sweeney

    John Sweeney is a British investigative journalist and author. During his time at the BBC he worked on shows such as Panorama and Newsnight where his combative and bold style have seen him doorstep Putin, go undercover in North Korea, challenge Trump on his association to the mob and most infamously the time he yelled at scientologists.


    We caught up with John on what was VE Day and started our conversation by discussing the new normal, what we miss and what things we like about lockdown in the UK.


    John tells us about his journey into journalism and his time working at The Observer, the subsequent move into broadcasting at the BBC and the darker moments he has experienced personally, since leaving the corporation after an investigation he was doing on Tommy Robinson saw him land in hot water.


    John is wonderful company, with so many amazing stories from what is an incredible career spanning several decades and we hope this won't be the last time we talk.
     
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    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
662 Ratings

662 Ratings

CoastalMumma ,

Peaceful - Kind - Informative

I’m new to Blank Podcast and have recently followed Giles on Twitter...and I’m so pleased I did. I used to listen to Radio 4 all day, until Brexit and found myself looking for a community I could feel part of. I found one with you guys. I’m going to indulge myself and listen to some more. Great work. Kindness is key...you can tell you think so too.

jw487 ,

Awesome!

Such a joy to listen to. Wonderful and compelling interviews! Highly recommended.

Ju Rose62 ,

A must-listen to podcast

I love the concept of this, it’s refreshing to listen to people talking without being interrupted. I’ve enjoyed every episode.

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